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Tony Buzan

Tony Buzan is the originator of Mind Maps™, the President of The Brain Foundation, Founder of The Brain Trust and the Brain Clubs, and the creator of the concept of Mental Literacy.

Born in London in 1942, Tony Buzan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1964, achieving double Honours in Psychology, English, Mathematics and the General Sciences. In 1966 he worked for the Daily Telegraph in Fleet Street, also editing the International Journal of M EN SA (the high IQ Society).

As one of the world's leading authors, he has published 14 books (13 on the brain, creativity and learning and one volume of poetry). His books (which include: Use Both Sides of Your Brain, Use Your Perfect Memory, Make the Most of Your Mind, Speed Reading, and Brain Training) have now been published in fifty countries and translated into twenty languages. His classic book Use Both Sides of Your Brain has surpassed worldwide sales of a million, and is a standard introductory text for staff training within IBM, General Motors, ED S, Fluor Daniel, Digital Equipment Corporation and for students of the Open University.

Tony Buzan has become an international media star featuring in, presenting and co-producing many satellite broadcasts, television, video and radio programmes, both national and international, including the record-breaking Use Your Head series (BBC TV), the Open Mind series (ITV), The Enchanted Loom (a one-hour feature documentary on the brain), and numerous talk shows. His two latest videos are MindPower, distributed by BBC Video, which teaches the concepts of Mind Mapping for business use, and which won a top award at the 1991 IVCA Festival, and Get Ahead, a one-hour video on developing 'Brain Power for Kids', presented by Tony Buzan and Lana Israel.

He is advisor to government departments and multinational organisations (including BP, Barclays International, Digital Equipment Corporation, Electronic Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM), and is a regular lecturer to leading international businesses, universities and schools. Among members of the Young Presidents' Organisation he has become affectionately known as 'Mr Brain'. He is Founder of the Memoriad, the World Memory Championships, and co-Founder of the Mind Sports Olympiad, the 'Mental Olympic Games'. Much of his work is devoted to helping those with learning disabilities. He is also the holder of the world's highest 'creativity IQ'.

Tony Buzan is an advisor to international Olympic coaches and athletes and to the British Olympic Rowing Squad as well as the British Olympic Chess

Squads. He is an elected member of the International Council of Psychologists and a Fellow of the Institute of Training and Development. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Freeman of the City of London, and is also a Patron of the Young Entrepreneurs' Societies of both Cambridge and Bristol Universities. Adding to his list of honours, including the YPO Leadership Award, was his recent recognition by EDS with the Eagle Catcher Award -given to those who attempt the impossible and achieve it!

Barry Buzan

Barry Buzan is Professor of International Studies at the University of Warwick, and a Research Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Research in the University of Copenhagen. He was also Chairman of the British International Studies Association 1988-90. He took his first degree at the University of British Columbia (1968), and his doctorate at the London School of Economics (1973). He has been extensively engaged in using and developing Mind Maps since 1970, and has been working with Tony Buzan on The Mind Map Book since 1981.

In his academic work, he specialises in the history and structure of the international system as a whole. He is therefore necessarily a generalist, with a broad knowledge of world history, politics, economics, science and sociology. He has written and lectured widely on the conceptual aspects of international security, on international relations theory, and on regional security in Europe, Southern Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, and the Middle East. He has been described by Lawrence Freedman as 'one of the most interesting theorists of contemporary international relations'.

Throughout his academic career Barry Buzan has used the Mind Map as a tool for grappling with massive and complex subjects, for preparing and giving academic and public presentations, and for planning and writing articles, papers and books. His previous publications include: Seabed Politics (1976); People, States and Fear: The National Security Problem in International Relations (1983, revised 2nd edition 1991); South Asian Insecurity and the Great Powers (1986, with Gowher Rizvi and others); An Introduction to Strategic Studies: Military Technology and International Relations (1987); The European Security Order Recast: Scenarios for the Post-Cold-War Era (1990, with Morten Kelstrup, Pierre Lemaitre, Elzbieta Tromer and Ole Waever); The Logic of Anarchy (1993, with Charles Jones and Richard Little; and Identity, Migration and the New Security Agenda in Europe (1993, with Ole Waever, Morton Kelstrup and Pierre Lemaitre).

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